If This Is Normal


21 April 2022

21 April 2022
Old Fire Station, Oxford
40 George Street

If This Is Normal - The Old Fire Station, Oxford

About If This Is Normal

Growing up in Kilburn, siblings Madani, Maryam and schoolmate Alex hit it off from the moment they meet.

10 years later, playful chats about ninja turtles, annoying aunts and secret swearing have been kicked out by teen opinions powered by podcasts, porn and politics.

Still, best friends can talk about anything. So why are there suddenly so many unspoken thoughts between the three?

A play by Lucy Danser about the sexual experiences of young adults in a world of information overload and weaponised language.

★★★★★ The Fountain
★★★★★ Upper Circle
★★★★★ Within her Words
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Reviews Hub
★★★★ Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ The Wee Review
★★★★ EdFringe Review
★★★★ CreativeReviewsUK

Age guidance: Suitable for ages 12+


“Superb coming-of-age tale…brilliantly done.” —The Wee Review

“Danser’s piece says a lot of things that desperately need to be said” —Within Her Words

“The writing handles the subject of a traumatic sexual encounter with nuance, sensitivity and grace, and Smyth performs it beautifully.” —Fest

“I might have found the best piece of Fringe theatre I’m likely to see this year.” —The Fountain

“Powerfully performed by a first-rate cast, it’s a funny sugar-rush of exceptional energy” —The Scotsman

“Delivered by three compelling actors, this is the sort of play that people can’t stop talking about on their way home, splitting opinions and sparking debate.” —Everything Theatre

“Danser is good at digging into the emotional mess of the situation and exploring how outside influences – porn, religion, their parents – can distort young people’s ideas about intimacy.” —The Stage